Analysis of MartWatch data from January to June 2014 has shown that despite the beef price falling by 20-25% during the period, weanling prices remained firm across the marts.

The average 350kg weanling bull sold for €2.25/kg on average in the first half of 2014, just 4c/kg less than the same period in 2013. This translates to a reduction of €12.80/head on average, or a fall of just 1.6%. The average 250kg weanling bull actually saw average prices increase by a negligible 1c/kg in the same period.